May 4, 2010

Hokies pull the trigger on rising DE

The Hokies are the first official BCS offer in for a rising defensive end. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder landed the scholarship this past week from Virginia Tech and has a number of other teams in pursuit.

"I have a few offers, Buffalo, Air Force, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and Illinois," Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease defensive end Matt Roth said. "I've gotten Buffalo, Air Force and Virginia Tech in writing.

"It's all real exciting. I'm really happy about the offers and I'm working to get some more."

Tech has put their hat in the ring, what does Roth think about them?

"Virginia Tech is real nice," he said. "They're a real good school and they have a top of the line program. They compete every year and I'm making plans to go up there. I'm not exactly sure when.

"They just offered this past week. I've talked to Coach Wiles and it was exciting. Tech is obviously a big school and a big program. I was excited to hear from them. Coach Wiles said he'd be down on the 16th."

Roth is very high on a couple other schools.

"My father played at Florida and they're a really good school and good program," he said. "I'm a big fan of Florida.

"I also like Georgia Tech a lot too. It's a really good school and I like how it's in the middle of the city. They are a good program too."

The Sunshine State lineman has visited a few schools already to date including South Carolina for their spring game, Clemson and Georgia Tech.

"All of the trips were pretty good and really impressive," he said. "Clemson and Georgia Tech had real nice campuses. South Carolina was impressive too. They had a nice stadium."

Clearly college interest is growing by the day, what does Roth want in a school?

"I want a good school obviously," he said. "I'm not sure what I want to study yet. I want to go to a good football program and I want to get out of there and compete every week. Really, the first thing is getting my school work done."

Nease posted a 4-6 record last season as Roth posted 88 tackles, 27 for loss, 14 sacks and one interception on his way to honorable mention all-county.

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